McIlroy is trying to join the elite company of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers with titles in all four majors.
“The Masters has now become the biggest golf tournament in the world,” McIlroy said. “And I’m comfortable saying that. I don’t care about the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. It is the biggest golf tournament in the world. The most amount of eye balls. The most amount of hype. The most everything is at Augusta. For me, it’s the most special tournament that we play. It’s the one that everyone desperately wants to win. …
“I don’t think about trying to win the Grand Slam. I just think about trying to win the Masters and what that means.”
It wasn’t during a binge watch of the Showtime series Billions or reading books The Chimp Paradox or Essentialism that got McIlroy’s mind to wander back several weeks to Augusta. It was in the still times. Isn’t it always?
“It was more the quiet moments,” McIlroy said. “You catch yourself. I was trying to immerse myself in anything but golf at that point. … It was just the quiet moments when you are staring off into the distance and you think a certain shot or a certain putt and you are just like … It got to the point where I needed to see a bit of daylight and get outside and go for walks and start to do my usual thing and then it sort of went away.”